Published on February 25th, 2015 | by Jim Lee


Virgin Atlantic (‘Little Red’)

Virgin Atlantic plans to lease out two pairs of daily London Heathrow slots while it awaits its new fleet of Boeing 787 aircraft. These slots pairs supporting Virgin’s Heathrow-Manchester flying are not needed by Virgin Atlantic now, but it plans to use them eventually as it expands. Nine of Little Red’s 12 slots were granted as a remedy to British Airways’ acquisition of bmi. These will need to be returned to British Airways. The remaining pair is to be used by Delta for a daily Heathrow-Philadelphia Boeing 757 service.


About the Author

Jim has had a life-long interest in military matters and aviation. Initially, he fused both of these interests together with a passion for military aviation, initially as a photographer. He has travelled extensively over the years and has been the guest of many European air forces, plus the air forces of the United States, Russia and others throughout the world. His first introduction to journalism coincided with an interest in the civil aviation industry was when he initially wrote for and later edited, ‘Aviation Ireland’, the club magazine of the Aviation Society of Ireland. Jim was a contributor to Flying in Ireland since its inception over 10 years ago and is now a key contributor to this site. He has also contributed items for a number of other aviation magazines and has produced a number of detailed contributions to Government policy documents, most recently the Irish Government’s White Paper on Defence. He is also deeply involved in the local community and voluntary sector and has worked both in local government and central government.

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